Marjorie David, a cardiovascular patient here, is participating in this year's American Heart Association’s 2012 Metro Chicago Heart Walk. In her own words, she explains why she participates.
I walk to support research to develop better techniques to treat the complex array of cardiac issues. That means improving the lives of those living with congenital heart defects. It’s not just about cholesterol, clogged arteries and high blood pressure. Some of us are born with faulty hearts. I am living proof of the many leaps forward in diagnostic sophistication, understanding and treatment, in devices and medications made just in the past 20 years.
This is especially true for women with heart issues BECAUSE we react differently, have different symptoms. I walk because it is something I can do to stand up for my friends (nurses, doctors and fellow patients) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab program, the best supportive environment for people recovering from heart surprises. I walk with gratitude for the kind and caring treatment I have received from so many at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. I walk because it feels so good: It’s great to be alive.
Join Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute for the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Walk and help support life-saving research and initiatives. Bring your energy, your passion and your stories - let your footsteps be heard!
Friday, September 28
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grant Park, upper Hutchinson Field
Click here to join the team or make a donation.
Click here to read why Edie Pacheco, RN, walks.
Click here to read why John Wilkins, MD, walks.